You work as a budget director for the mayor of Kelsey and recently you have been getting numerous complaints
from citizens about the increase in crime in the City of Kelsey and public demands for more police officers.
The population of Kelsey has grown, creating increases in crime.
The mayor has communicated to you as the budget director that this past year is the highest increase in
crime in the city?s history. The federal government has reduced the federal pass-through money for the
state, and the budgeting group needs to revamp the budget for the coming year. In addition to the limited
budget, there has been a recent budgetary reform at the federal level, which has put additional pressure on
local police agencies to use the federal money before it expires. The state Chief?s of Police Association is
lobbying the state for a 15% public safety tax for a temporary 3-year period in order to make up the
deficit. The state legislature and local governments are wary of adding any additional new taxes on
citizens. In addition, the state?s Sierra Club organization is putting pressure on state and local
government to hire less police officers, build more prisons, and develop the state?s infrastructure.
The mayor has pointed out that the likelihood of getting any increase in tax money from the state is slim.
The mayor has called a meeting with your budget staff, the Chief of Police and staff to address the
following issues and come up with a solution that is politically feasible. In the meeting, the mayor reminds
them that if he or she is not re-elected the new incumbent will replace their jobs.
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